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November 7, 2013
This past summer, Sandia National Laboratories hosted the 2013 Robot Rodeo – a 10-event technical challenge that determines the best robot designs for diffusing dangerous situations. The rodeo is a free event that usually includes entries from police departments and military bases in nearby states.
 
By developing these technologies, robots could potentially remove the danger to humans from the first response to unknown or dangerous situations. Challenges typically include diffusing a trip wire or boring a hole through a wall to peer through with an electronic eye.
 
In this photo, a robot investigates a bomb threat challenge at an arcade. The operators are not allowed to turn on the lights or turn off the machines, complicating the challenge. | Photo by Randy Montoya, Sandia National Laboratories.
Photo of the Week: I, Robot Rodeo

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November 7, 2013
Building 90, an 89,000-square foot office building at Berkeley Lab, served as the commercial setting for the miscellaneous and electronic loads (MELs) study. 460 meters were placed throughout the building to serve as a representative sample of a wide range of device types. | Photo courtesy of Berkeley Lab.
Energy Efficiency: Helping Home Owners and Businesses Understand Energy Usage

Learn how a team at Berkeley Lab is helping consumers and businesses understand their energy use and save money.

November 6, 2013
Join the American Energy Data Challenge

Today the Energy Department launches a four-part challenge to spur the development of new apps, tools and services that make high-value open energy data more accessible to the public.

November 5, 2013
Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory are developing innovative new window technology that helps improve occupants' comfort and cuts energy use. | Photo courtesy of Pat Corkery, NREL.
New Window Technology Saves Energy and the View

With funding from the Energy Department, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is working to develop a new insulating window film that preserves the view while increasing occupants’ comfort and saving energy.

November 4, 2013
Transformative Science: Energy Efficiency at the National Labs

This month on energy.gov, we're featuring the Energy Department's National Labs and their work in energy efficiency: the technologies they've developed, the research they've conducted and the cutting-edge facilities they've built.

November 1, 2013
The DOE's SLAC linear accelerator, or "linac," stretches in a straight line for two miles across the hills of Stanford University in Menlo Park, California. The building shown in the photo -- known as the "klystron gallery" because it houses machines called klystrons that power the accelerator -- is the longest modern building in the world. The particle accelerator itself is a copper tube roughly 20 feet below ground and has been used to accelerate electrons and positrons for over 50 years of world-leading scientific experiments. | Photo courtesy of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: The Longest Building in the World

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October 31, 2013
SLIDESHOW: Learning Valuable Lessons About Energy with Scouts

During National Energy Action Month, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts visited the Energy Department to learn about energy and earn merit badges and patches.

October 29, 2013
VIDEO: Bringing This Year's Energy Pumpkins to Life

Watch the Energy Department's digital team bring a CFL, solar panels, an atom and a wind turbine to life in spooky, candlelit time-lapse -- and get inspired to carve energy pumpkins of your own.

October 28, 2013
VIDEO: Transforming a House into a Home

Some of the nation’s best and brightest students are proving that owning ultra-efficient, solar-powered houses can be part of the middle class dream.

October 25, 2013
This artist's rendering illustrates the full site installation, including a new aerosol observing system (far left) and a precipitation radar (far right, with 20-ft tower). The site is located near the Graciosa Island aiport terminal, hidden by the image inset. | Image courtesy of ARM Climate Research Facility.
New Climate Research Centers Forecast Changes and Challenges

Two new observation stations -– in Alaska and the Azore islands -– should reduce uncertainties and improve global climate models.